Staining oak cabinets

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by Widgeonus, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Widgeonus

    Widgeonus New Member

    Dec 30, 2008
    I am having my oak cabinets refinished and was told that it was a bad idea to stain them with any type of "red" colored stain (cherry, mahogany, etc.) due to the wood grain turning black. Any truth to this or has anyone done so and have pictures of the results?
  2. Howard Emerson

    Howard Emerson I teach guitar:You call that a job?

    Apr 28, 2008
    I teach guitar:You call that a job?
    Huntington Station, NY

    Minwax Cherry stain, which is not red by the way, will hold up just fine. They also used to make a really 'red' colored stain, which had a tendency to fade quite a bit after time. I don't recall the name of that one.

    As long as your refinisher takes the old finish off completely, you should not have a problem, especially if he's going to use lacquer over the stain. Of course the sides of the cabinets may well be veneered plywood, in which case trying to remove the old stain will most likely result in removing the whole grain...........

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  4. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    If you are just trying to avoid removing the cabinets have you thought of refacing them...
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Oak is friendly to stain, but to some extent, any stain can exagerate the grain in wood. Use a pre-stain sealer to even out the finish.

    Any time I am planning a project involving staining wood, I set up a "test kitchen". Several pieces of the wood in question. Try different combos of with/without sealer, different set time before wipe, different stain colors, etc. ( Mark the back of each sample with what you did ). This way, I know what the project will look like .
  6. Widgeonus

    Widgeonus New Member

    Dec 30, 2008
    The cabinets are being stripped with chemicals to get the "honey" glossy color off of them. Then my cabinet guy is going to restain them. He said that any "red" color stain will make the grains in the oak look black. Here is a picture of what the door looks like after he restained one of my doors. I would like more of a red tint instead of the brown. The door looks great just not the tint I was expecting.

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